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Facial Fat Grafting in New Orleans, LA

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What is Facial Fat Grafting?

There are several options to refresh the face and treat lost volume and contours; however, fat transfer to the face is growing in popularity due to its natural-looking results and lasting benefits. Lost volume, commonly due to aging, is usually most noticeable around the eyes, jawlines, and cheeks. Facial fat grafting can be used to minimize some of these more common signs of aging by restoring plumpness to the face by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your natural fat. Typically, fat will be harvested from areas, like the "love handles," hips, or abdomen. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet will then carefully apply the purified fat into the desired parts of the face, like the cheeks, lips, and below your eyes, for beautiful, symmetrical, youthful results. With fat transfer to the face, you don't just get a more youthful facial appearance, but you also improve the contours of your body. To get more information about facial fat grafting, contact Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa in New Orleans, LA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charvet.

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How is Facial Fat Grafting Performed?

Facial fat transfer at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa is a two-part surgery that includes fat harvesting and injection. To begin, Dr. Charvet will use liposuction to extract fat from a predetermined area. The fat is harvested, processed, and then prepared for injection. Dr. Charvet will inject the fat into your skin over a series of injections to create symmetry. Following your fat transfer, your incisions will be stitched before you're sent to a recovery area. Dr. Charvet or a member of his staff will apply wound coverings and compression garments before you are taken home by a friend or family member. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled so Dr. Charvet can evaluate your recovery and results. Your recovery will vary, depending on how much fat is taken and transferred, but it typically takes a few weeks. Initially, you may have swelling and bruising in your treatment areas, but that will dissipate over time. You may notice some improvements immediately; however, it takes several weeks before you will be able to see your final outcomes. With good maintenance, your improvements can last for many years.

Facial Fat Grafting FAQ

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
The cost for your facial fat grafting procedure will depend on how much fat is being harvested and transferred. Following a thorough examination and discussion of your goals, Dr. Charvet will decide how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and develop a custom treatment plan. After this, he can start to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa accepts several payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Facial fat transfer and dermal fillers often accomplish the same goal: correcting the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles while restoring volume to the face. While fillers may create wonderful results, a fat transfer often lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and where, Dr. Charvet may suggest using dermal fillers. Once you've figured out what you like, Dr. Charvet will perform a fat transfer for long-lasting results.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure like a wrinkle relaxer (such as BOTOX®) or a rejuvenating facial treatment. Fat transfer has also become a popular treatment to complement a facial surgery. A facial fat transfer will increase volume to improve the balance and proportion of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. Charvet in your consultation about your needs and wants so he can create a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that help to reach all your aesthetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will depend on how much fat is being taken and the volume required to reach your goals. After developing your treatment plan, Dr. Charvet can go over what you should expect, including the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Charvet takes his time carefully inject even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful and natural-looking.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting can be used in a number of areas to increase volume or fill in wrinkles. Fat grafting is great to enhance the mid-face so that the area appears lifted and fuller without having to undergo surgery. In addition, fat may also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also consider a fat transfer to improve dark or hollow areas under the eyes. A fat transfer to your face may also improve pitted acne scars and static wrinkles (brow furrows, marionette lines). Dr. Charvet will create your unique treatment plan to focus one or more areas of your face based on your needs and cosmetic goals.

Look Fabulous with Facial Fat Grafting

Facial fat transfer is a wonderful way to add volume, reduce wrinkles and lines, and accentuate your gorgeous face. When you wish for a younger, brighter look, we invite you to contact Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa to find out how facial fat grafting can help you create your desired appearance. It's a good option for patients wanting natural and long-lasting results. Call our New Orleans, LA practice right away to schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet for this exciting procedure.

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